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The WGA agreement prohibits th...


The WGA agreement prohibits the use of AI tools for scriptwriting

WGA agreement prohibits
The Silicon Review
27 September, 2023

AI-generated jotting cannot be considered source material.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has inked an agreement with Hollywood Workrooms, ending a five-month strike and proscribing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools to write scripts. Although textbook-based generative AI tools, which can be limited, are doubtful to make significant improvements in screenwriting anytime soon, companies were concerned that workrooms would use the developing technology to avoid paying union members. The WGA’s new agreement sets out limitations on how AI can be used in writers' apartments. Companies cannot order writers to use certain AI tools during product development; AI cannot be used to write or rewrite scripts. AI-generated jotting cannot be considered source material.
Union members' work cannot be used to train workrooms' AI, according to the agreement. Still, writers can still choose to use AI tools if they so ask and workrooms must inform writers if they've given them any AI-generated accoutrements to include in a work. The Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists—remains on strike and has suggested overwhelmingly to also strike against the videotape game assiduity. SAG-AFTRA argues the use of AI could be used to undermine union members' creative work, particularly voice actors' employment openings.